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. >>> american spy secrets exposed? iran claims it has hacked into a captured u.s. drone. we have a live report. >>> and, john t is high drama on capitol hit. president obama's big pick for cia director up for con fir make in a few hours. but will members of his own party derail it? >> i don't know. >> lots of drama. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolinment. >> i'm john berman. it's thursday, february 7th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. up first, brace yourselves, bundle up, buy a shovel. this will be a big one. at this moment a blaizzard watc is in effects for new england. a storm is headed that way and could be historihistoric. it could drop two feet of snow in some places and it all starts tomorrow. you told us this was coming yesterday, you were on top of this one. >> we're trying. boston could rival its worst blizzard from 2003 which had 27 1/2 inches. all of this talks about two storm systems coming together. the first one here, notice in the south, all instability, a tornado warming out there for plaquemines parish. this is moving off to the east. we wi
: that's right. the u.s. navy quickly assembling what records it has on this man. and telling us he was a navy reservist. just until a few days ago, he separated from the naval service. we don't know when the last time is he showed up. but he has shooting expertise. let's go through it. according to navy records, he has been awarded the rifle marksman ribbon and the pistol expert medal. these are awarded for achieving a certain level of shooting accuracy at various distances. let's be clear. the plan is not a navy commander, he's not a navy s.e.a.l. he held a number of jobs as a reservist in navy security operations. in fact, he went to iraq, we are told, and had a job providing military security on iraqi oil platforms, to have that job, it is most likely we are told he did receive some advanced weapons training. you will remember back in those days, those oil platforms, a lot of concern about small boat attacks, sniper attacks, that sort of thing. so he clearly has a certain level, a worrisome level of weapons expertise. the police know this. they know what they are dealing with. w
to protect the u.s. from devastating cyber attacks, and china considered one of the biggest offenders. the cyber security company, of course, has been saying it's identified a hacking group in shanghai with ties to china's military and says it watched those hackers systematically steal information from more than 140 companies. china denying any involvement. >>> and police still have no clue who managed to pull off a daring heist at the brussels airport. thieves managed to steal $50 million worth of diamonds from a plane on the tarmac. on monday night, two cars burst through the perimeter fence, the airport, sped towards the plane. authorities say the men were wearing police uniforms and were heavily armed. they were in and out of the airport within minutes. it is cnn's top international news story today. >>> of course, we are talking about the olympic star pistorius. everybody is following this. everybody is talking about this. it is really quite amazing. another night we're going to spend in jail. we don't know the outcome, whether he's going to be released on bail. this is playing o
afternoon through saturday morning. we'll continue to monitor here at cnn. >>> also new this morning, u.s. secrets possibly exposed. iran claiming it's decoded now released some footage from a downed u.s. drone. the man identified as a member of iran's military narrated the black and white aerial footage as it was broadcast on iranian state media. he claims that it's a drone that iran downed back in 2011. >>> also this morning, president obama giving in to congressional demands. he will release classified documents that explain the legal justification for drone strikes that kill u.s. terror suspects overseas. >>> and adding to the drama, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia and the architect of the drone policy, he'll appear before the senate intelligence committee today. lots to talk about with barbara starr who's following all these developments for us this morning from the pentagon. barbara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. all about spice and drones this morning, isn't it? well, this video has not yet been confirmed as the genuine article by the administ
. just for some perspective, the u.s. is going to spend $88 billion this year, this year in afghanistan. we're going to have much more on this part of the story coming up later, barbara. thanks very much into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised and the economy will take a hit if forced budgets cuts beg
temperatures across the central u.s., mostly into the teens and 20s. if you were to look at the temperatures in louisiana, they are in the 60s and 70s. a sharp temperature contrast with this area of low pressure moving across the central mississippi valley as we go into this evening and then going through time for friday, into the tennessee valley, ohio river valley. and this is where the storm really starts to ring out. but across the southeast, some of these areas in georgia, south carolina, north central florida could see between 4 and 8 inches of rainfall. we'll keep you updated on that. wolf? >> karen, thanks very, very much. >>> new questions about how one of the most prominent catholic leaders in the united states handled the problem of pedophile priests. i've discovered gold. [ female announcer ] roc® retinol correxion max. the power of roc® retinol is intensified with a serum. it's proven to be 4x better at smoothing lines and deep wrinkles than professional treatments. roc® max for maximum results. and deep wrinkles ththe people of bp made ants. commitment to the gulf., and ever
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
becoming the target of a u.s. drone attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." . >>> we begin with yet another sensational turn of events in the oscar pistorius murder case. after a week of shocking and sometimes heartbreaking testimony, pistorius is now out of jail. the one-time olympic athlete who is known worldwide as the blade runner still faces charges of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day. cnn's robyn curnow is joining us. update our viewers, robin. >> reporter: hi there. thanks for having me. can you believe it, it's only eight days ago that oscar pistorius admitted to shooting his girlfriend on valentine's day. it's been such a roller coaster ride for all of us watching this tragedy, slowly learning about all of these new details and one part of the story which is certainly not over did come to some conclusion today as os star pistorius walked out of court and is spending the night at a family home. take a look at this. a media frenzy on a road at rush hour. cameras trying to see what's behind the tinted window of the silver land rover, a glimpse of osca
't last. . >>> the u.s. army revoked a promotion for the former mistress of david petraeus. she is a major in the army reserve and had been approved by the promotion and the lieutenant colonel since the petraeus scandal under investigation for having classified information. the tsa is apologizing to a 3-year-old girl in a wheelchair. she has spina bifida and they were on their way to disneyworld when security agents said they needed to do a pat-down and swab her wheelchair. >> i don't want to do that. >> lucy sobbed and said she no longer wanted to go to disneyworld. her outraged mother shot this video with her cell phone and the security worker objected saying it was illegal to videotape the procedures. here's the apology saying they regret inaccurate guidance was provided during the screening and offers the apology. we maintain the security of the traveling public and strive to treat all with dignity and respect. while no pat-down was performed, we will address specific concerns with our workforce. renee is joining us live from washington. renee, what does the girl's father have to say a
their justice system is similar to the u.s., but there are plenty of big differences and you'll hear about those coming up p. >>> and another big story we're folk here in the united states, a ferocious snowstorm paralyzing a huge section of the country. dumping snow from kansas to michigan, all across the region. schools are closing, flights grounded. it will be a real mess out there. cars sliding across icy roads. >> and this scene in chicago pretty typical. there have been hundreds of accidents. in oklahoma, one was deadly, a teenager reportedly killed when his truck crashed. >> conditions in kansas also pretty treacherous. more than 14 inches of snow fell in wichita. only one other storm in the city's history was worse. that was more than 50 years ago. >> let's go to wichita. how are people dealing with this much snow? >> reporter: well, most schools and universities in kansas and missouri are closed today. businesses throughout the region were closed all yesterday. they opened a lot later today. and the kansas government also started a little later today, around 10:00. usually they're in ear
did they do that? we can't look at that from the perspective of a u.s. lawyer. they did it to specifically avoid him having to testify, be subject to cross examination, which all of which would have been available for the trial -- >> so he doesn't have to answer any questions? >> this is critical because if they didn't offer anything then they may not be able to undermine the premeditated nature of the allegation. >> we'll obviously continue to talk about this case all morning and you're going to stick around with us, which we appreciate. >>> our other top story this morning, 30 million people across the 18 states are now in the path of a powerful winter storm moving into the plains. the system is huge. it's literally an area about the size of mexico stretching from the dakotas all the way into texas. while it dumps snow in the north it's also going to pour heavy rain over parts of the south and maybe even tornados along the gulf coast. parts of kansas are looking at a foot and a half of snow. several flights have already been cancelled out of kansas city international a
where the u.s. needs their assistance to a certain degree in fighting terror? >> i think until pakistan steps up and says we'll not tolerate people who would kill someone like the little girl malala who was shot point blank in the head who survived but is such a wonderful sweet voice for girls to get educated in pakistan. boy, we shouldn't have to pay pakistan to stand up and for them to eradicate people who would shoot little girls. >> what's the likelihood bottom line, senator, that congress will agree on avoiding these forced budget cuts by march 1st especially given the fact that the senate, for example, is on recess this week? what's going to happen march 1st? >> i think the sequester happens and it will be in some ways a yawn because the histrionics that are coming from the president saying, oh, we're going to shut down and get rid of meat inspectors. is anybody not going to stand up and call his bluff on that ridiculousness? the budgets are not being decreased. we're talking about cutting the rate of growth of budgets. and he has the ability to spend the money in different places
.5 million kids in the u.s. live in silence because their health insurance doesn't think they're essential. cnn's george howell sat down with 7-year-old hayden mckenzie for a look at the drastic measures he and his family have taken for him to hear. >> reporter: for 7-year-old hayden mckenzie, it takes a little more time in the morning to get started. and for his twin brother, colby, it takes more patience. >> our big question of the day is, you have a hearing aid on. can you hear me? i was thinking about this last night. it felt like a cell phone commercial. can you hear me? can you hear me now? >> reporter: he started losing his hearing when he was 4 years old, a crippling result of surgeries to repair his middle ear. >> these were hearing aids donated from a deceased child. this is a temporary thing? >> yeah. it's definitely not our ideal situation. it's definitely helping right now, but in order to get him the proper ones that he needs, you know, we would have to go through our audiologist and purchase them and the insurance just doesn't cover it. >> reporter: working class family, the
due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely." >>> turning to your money, u.s. stock markets are poised to open lower this morning. [ bell ringing ] that's after stocks plunged ahead of wednesday's opening bell. the dow jones dropping more than 100 points on worries the federal reserve might scale back its bond buying program. the s&p and nasdaq also closed lower. it's a different story, though, for walmart this morning. the mega retailer reporting a bigger than expected profit last quarter, and the stock is heading higher in premarket trading, but walmart is tampering that optimism and pointing out consumers are growing more cautious. christine romans joins us now from new york and we had heard that walmart's earnings were going to be down. >> look, we know that things were good for walmart in the last part of last year, good holiday season, but carol, the most important thing is what's happening in the first part of this year, and walmart confirming it is worried, specifically the paycheck to paycheck customer is showing signs of slowing in february. what's h
is expected over much of the u.s. a massive winter storm is expanding fast from california to the midwest. we're talking heavy snow, ice, freezing rain. all of that. the huge storm system may wal lop the southeast with violent thunderstorms, floods, hail, and possible tornadoes. and then on to california heavy snow already has left hundreds of drivers stranded on mountain highways. casey wian joins us. so, casey, isc california equipped to deal with this kind of snow? >> reporter: well, we've had most of the snow overnight, frederica. you can see behind me there's just pretty much a light dusting on those hills there, but it was a much different story overnight. behind me you can see interstate 15 and that is one of the main roads that connects los angeles. that highway was closed on and off because of heavy snow conditions. one of our affiliates showing one of the accidents that happened on the highway last night, one of the reasons why the california highway patrol had to shut down this interstate overnight. so far no fatalities. no serious injuries reported, but there were a lot of inconve
disabled and under the u.s. constitution, they say he cannot be executed. >>> a body found in the rooftop water tank of a downtown l.a. hotel has been identified this morning. 21-year-old alyssa lamm was found after people living in the low tell complained their water pressure was low. police are not sure if she died accidently or if foul play was involved there. >>> so later this morning, former illinois congressman jesse jackson jr. will be in a washington, d.c. courtroom where he's expected to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds. prosecutors say he took more than $750,000 from his campaign coffers and spent it on personal items like furniture, clothing, memorabilia and this, a $43,000 rolex watch. jackson's wife, former whichchi alder man sandra jackson, will make her own appearance to plead guilty to filing false tax returns. >>> apple was the target of a hack attack. a small number of mac computer were infected. apple says no internal data was stolen. the hackers appear to be the same ones that breached facebook's computers last month. >>> so while you were sleeping, china's mili
covering the story of martha stewart, the u.s. embassy bombing trial. and listening to this particular trial is really interesting, the fact they brought on the wife, the one who initially basically discovered or uncovered this behavior, saying that, you know, he never really wanted the baby that they had together, that he became withdrawn, he became remote. a young couple. there was something very almost strange about her particular testimony, even when the defense lawyer said, look, why didn't you come and talk to us about what it was you experienced? she said, why would i want to do that? he's trying to kill me. however, and this is the point that sunny makes, that is you've got to look at the charges. he's facing a conspiracy of kid na napping, also accessing a database. so two counts, that's all. when i heard prosecutors give their opening -- >> go ahead, sunny. >> i think the second count is the slam dunk count. if he in fact is a law enforcement, dabbled into a database and broke into a database for other than law enforcement purposes, hey, as a federal prosecutor, that's the ea
municipality, municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history. back to the idea of the federal government bailing out detroit. such a thing is not unprecedented. mark binelli from "rolling stone" points out "when new york teetered on the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s it was famously told in the headline of the daily news to "drop dead" but president gerald r. ford changed his mind and dumped out $2.3 billion in 1975 in federal loans. that was a lot of money. mark binelli is author of "detroit city: the place to be, the afterlife of an american metropol metropolis" and in detroit mark wolf. tom i want to start with you, the reason we're doing the story is because the state of michigan says detroit is on the verge of collapse. help us understand what's happening now. >> what's happened over the years is the city's lost two-thirds of its population and a lot of it's text based and it's put off the day of reckoning by continuing to borrow to pay obligations that it's promised over the years and finally the day of roeckoning hs come, liabilities up to 14 billion. there's no credible plan for how to pay
. the u.s. stock market poised for a big rebound. the hopes of hitting an all-time high on hold. new this morning, the recession in europe is getting worse. the european commission expects economic growth to contract more than originally thought. many of the 17-member nations in the eurozone are struggling with austerity measures, it's a preview of what this country could face if forced spending cuts aren't avoided one week away. >>> google unveiled the chrome book pixel yesterday. it features touch screen technology, enhanced cloud computing, and a built-in cellular network much it starts at $1 3sh,300. the previous chrome book goes for about $250. this expands the hardware business, taking aim at apple and microsoft. >> it's so interesting to see how they moved into this arena. >> stocks near a record high. $800. >>> another thing we should have bought a lot of back in the day. >>> still ahead on "starting point," in the courtroom for the magistrate's decision. legal analyst jeff toobin will join us for an alice. >>> and remember when mitt romney said 47% of americans were victims.
the plugged-in journalists about that, and he said perhaps in some various different dioceses, but u.s. quite a well known fact that there is a large proportion and this is something that, you know, the world's 1.2 billion catholics look on for the future wonder how the church will be reformed, if at all. there is this split within the catholic church amongst very traditional and conservatives on the one hand who want to continue the ratzinger line, if you like and among the more liberal who want the more modern church that takes into account issues of homosexuality and issues like should priests be allowed to marry. as ironically, cardinal o'brien suggested before he resigned. >> christianne, thanks. appreciate it. >>> another big story. on friday, $85 billion in forced budget cuts set to take effect. hundreds of thousands of jobs hang in the balance. is there still a chance for a grand bargain. we'll talk to tom price, vice you chair of the house budget committee. you're watching "starting point," back after this short break. with stayfree ultra thins. flexible layers move with your body wh
in the pictures. >>> the u.s. census will stop using the word "negro" in its surveys. most people no longer identify with the term and find it quite offensive. the bureau will use black or african-american. >>> gm will sell 4g at&t wireless connections next year on most of its 2015 models. gm hopes the high speed connection will offer drivers new services, the deal ends a long relationship gm had with verizon. >>> today marks one year since trayvon martin was killed, and since then his parents have gone from mourners to activists, speaking out against gun violence in america. cnn's piers morgan asked them about a possible result in the upcoming trial of george zimmerman who has been charged with killing their son. >> are you ready to let justice take its course, however that turns out, in other words if at the end of this trial, george zimmerman is exonerated of illegally killing your son, would you be prepared to publicly accept that verdict? >> well, that's something that we've always asked for. we've always asked for an arrest, we've always asked for just for it to come to a trial. we ju
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clark, the court system in south africa appears quite different than that here in the u.s. i mean, this bail hearing looks like a trial, and because of that, the prosecution has had to show their evidence very early, almost immediately. you say that's a real disadvantage. >> it's a problem. it's a problem, jake. the prosecution has only just gathered the evidence. let's remember this only happened a few days ago and it takes a while for everything to shake out. it takes a while for us to know what the evidence tests out to be. we don't even know if it's really testosterone that was found in his house. we don't know what, if any, blood results from pistorius himself are and whether he was under the influence of testosterone. we don't know so much. yet they're being required to put it all forward very quickly in this hearing. i can see where things are not quite as tight as they should be. i agree with mark that certain things did fall apart today, and the fact that they were not wearing protective covering on their shoes is a loss. how big a loss remains to be seen because if the f
, arizona, they saw a little bit of snowfall. now it's making its way across the central u.s. ahead of it where the warm air is coming up from the south, wrapping around the low pressure, that's where we're looking at those two areas right around kansas and arkansas and missouri, that's where the ice is going to be the most intense. here's the water vapor, the storm system, a dry air drying to seep in. for kansas city the snow is heavy. but watch out, the big thunderstorms are triple threat. could see thunderstorms good evening the gulf coast and the southeast. christine. >> thanks, karen. let's go back to the los angeles strip. >>> we've been talking about the rolling gun battle. three fatales along one of the most well-known streets in the world, the strip. our affiliate joins. walk through what happened, you had a black range rover, a maserati, other cars caught in the cross fire. what happened? >> reporter: you mentioned that police said it was a rolling gun battle. that's what they told us when we arrived at 4:30 this morning. but that story has since changed. here's what we kn
the southern part of the u.s. a different story. rain and a lot of rain, i'm telling you, thundering all night long, and dealing with a lot of lightning in some parts. this is i big mess in the south. in some locations, anywhere between 4 and 6 inches of rainfall. this will last all the way through tuesday. a wider view. ridge of high pressure building through parts of u.s. in the central region, where snow came down. temperatures running 10 to 15 degrees below average, sunny in the southwest. see highs for today. 28 in kansas city. 30s in the northeast. speaking of the northeast, you will see snow working into parts like new hampshire and maine and into massachusetts. we could see a foot or more in higher elevations that starts on saturday. >> all right. jennifer delgado, thank you. >>> new developments about the health of hugo chavez. a government spokesman says chavez is being treated for what is called a respiratory insufficiency. he returned to venezuela on tuesday. the type of cancer he is battling has not been revealed. >>> police on the hunt for a gunman that killed three people. it in
of snow this morning. good morning, amarillo. >>> a former u.s. surgeon general c. everett koop died at the age of 96. he served from 1982 to 1989 and he elevated the profile of the surgeon general's office. he was instrumental in getting the nation to focus on key health issues such as hiv and aids prevention and he convinced americans to stop smoking. >>> he brought some groans and controversy but seth mcfarland also brought ratings. more than 40 million viewers turned in to watch the academy awards. that's up 3% from last year. it's the second biggest audience in six years. and the key younger 18 to 34 demo which is in john berman's age demographic, that group shot up by 20%. of course, "argo" took home the best picture oscar. now former hostages in iran are hoping the film's high profile will boost the he wases to be paid reparations by iran. the movie told of six people that escaped during the siege. 52 others were held for 444 days in the u.s. embassy. their life on pause. whole nation just waiting. remember the yellow ribbons? the "argo" movie brought back those days, what it
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